Dame Elizabeth Jane Campion is a screenwriter, producer and director, best known for films like The Piano, Angel at My Table and Bright Star. She is the second of five women ever nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director. She was appointed a Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2016 New Year Honours, for services to film.
Annie McVicar became Wellington’s first female Councillor in 1921 and was also a delegate to the International Alliance of Women for Suffrage and Equal Citizenship in Berlin in 1929. You can learn more about Annie’s accomplishments on the Archives website.
Tala Cleverley was the first Pasifika Councillor for Wellington City Council, and the first Pasifika person elected to local government anywhere in Aotearoa New Zealand. She was first sworn in as a Councillor in 1979 and stood through to 1995, during which time her work focused on helping Pacific people living in Wellington to have a voice in the community. You can find out more about Tala on the Archives website.